The country of East Timor can be found in Maritime Southeast Asia. Officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, the country has 13 administrative districts, such as Oecusse, Bobonaro, Dili, Manatuto, and Aileu, to name a few. To be understood within the country, there are two official languages, Portuguese and Tetum, along with national or major languages such as Atauru, Baikeno, Makalero, and Tokodede, in addition to many more.
Where to go
East Timor’s tourist destinations such include Atauro Island, Tatamailau, Cristo Rei of Dili, Nino Konis Santana National Park, Areia Branca beach and hinterland, Ombai Strait, Tais Market, and Matebean Mountain, to name a few. Cristo Rei of Dili can be found within Dili, East Timor. The statue of Jesus, which was designed by Mochamad Syailillah, stands at around 27 metres or 88.6 feet in height. The statue was unveiled in the late 1990s as a gift from the Indonesian government to the people of East Timor. Another stop to visit when within East Timor includes the Nino Konis Santana National Park. Covering an area of approximately 1,200 square kilometres or 477 square miles, the park is the country’s first national park, and is known to link significant bird areas like Lore, Mount Paitchau, Lake Ira Lalaro, and Jaco Island with one another. The Nino Konis Santana National Park was named in honour of Nino Konis Santana, the independence movement national hero, and former commander of Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor or FRETILIN.
From East Timor’s Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport, some of the short-haul destinations include Singapore, Darwin, and Denpasar. These destinations can be reached within an hour to more than three hours of air travel. Exploring Singapore means paying a visit to some of its well-visited spots, which include Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Flyer, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Botanic Gardens, River Safari, Marine Life Park, and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, to name a few. Jurong Bird Park can be found by the Boon Lay Planning Area of the Jurong district. The park covers an area of approximately 202,000 square metres or around 50 acres. The landscaped park is among Singapore’s tourist attractions and is home to around 5,000 animals that come in around 380 different species. Jurong Bird Park exhibits include African Waterfall Aviary, Dinosaur Descendants, Southeast Asian Birds Aviary, Lory Loft, Penguin Coast, World of Darkness, and Pelican Cove.
Ngurah Rai International Airport, formerly the Denpasar International Airport, has flights to and from Saint Petersburg, Seoul, Dubai, and Amsterdam. These international destinations can be reached between seven and 16 hours through airlines such as Aeroflot operated by Rossiya, Asiana Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air, Emirates, and KLM. Amsterdam, the most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is home to Anne Frank House, Vondelpark, Jordaan, Rembrandt House Museum, Natura Artis Magistra, Heineken Experience, Verzetsmuseum, and more. The Heineken Experience, of the famous internationally distributed Heineken beer, is a brewery and corporate visitor centre in Amsterdam. The facility was built as the first Heineken brewery in 1867, and has served as the brewery’s main facility until 1988. As of 1991, a newer, more modern, and larger facility has been constructed, and is now considered to be among the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Overall, the Heineken Experience shows visitors the process of pilsner brewing in addition to showing and letting its visitors see how the Heineken product comes to life.
How to get out
Travelling out of East Timor by air, you’ll most probably go through President Nicolau Lobato International Airport, formerly known as Comoro International Airport. It has flights to international destinations such as Darwin, Singapore, Denpasar, with seasonal flights to Yogyakarta. These destinations can be reached with flights provided by airlines like Airnorth, Air Timor, Garuda Indonesia, Silk Air, and Sriwijaya Air.
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